New Lecture Focuses on Greek-Australian Photographer’s Work

Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski

A lecture on the work of renowned Greek-Australian documentary photographer Effy Alexakis will take place at the Greek Centre in Melbourne next Thursday, May 24.

Historian Leonard Janiszewski will present the talk entitled Effy Alexakis, Documentary Photographer: In Her Own Image as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Alexakis and Janiszewski have co-authored a book — Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia. They have been researching the Greek-Australian historical and contemporary presence in both countries.

Their project and archives — In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians — is a collection of visual, oral and literary material, together with memorabilia, which is based at Macquarie University, Sydney, in partnership with the Australian History Museum.

This archive is recognized as one of the most significant collections on Greek-Australians in the country. Alexakis’ photographs have been exhibited in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, and the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney.

Next week’s lecture will give an overview of the work of the Greek-Australian photographer through her influences, sociopolitical outlook and the themes she has pursued.

Since the early 1980s, Alexakis’ diverse work made her stand out as a documentary photographer. However, her true passion has been the photographic documentation of the Greek presence in Australia, past and present.

The lecture will be given on Thursday, May 24 at 7.00 p.m. local time at the Greek Centre, Level 1, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

For more information call: 9662 2722 or email [email protected]